Bruins place Kelly on LTIR, McQuaid on IR


The Boston Bruins announced that they placed Chris Kelly (broken ankle) on the long-term injured reserve while Adam McQuaid (lower body) has been placed on the normal IR on Sunday.

To little surprise, Loui Eriksson (concussion) won’t play in tonight’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, either.

Thanks to this stint on the LTIR, Kelly won’t be eligible to play until Jan. 2, according to the Boston Globe’s Fluto Shinzawa. Of course, that represents his first possible return date; this injury could very well keep him out for a longer period of time.

Puck Daddy passes along this Vine clip from Mike Cole of NESN, which might capture the moment of Pascal Dupuis’ slash:

The Bruins made two emergency recalls to get their lineup ready, bringing up Ryan Spooner and Matt Fraser from the AHL. Here’s Patrice Bergeron’s insight regarding the loss of Kelly, 33:

Bruins’ Kelly out with broken ankle after Dupuis slash

OTTAWA, ON - NOVEMBER 15: Chris Kelly #23 of the Boston Bruins skates during warmups prior to an NHL game against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on November 15, 2013 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Boston beat the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday, but it’s hard to portray a game like that as a positive for the Bruins.

Loui Eriksson suffered his second concussion of the season, Shawn Thornton faces a potentially lengthy suspension, and on top of that Chris Kelly is now out with a broken ankle, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger.

Kelly sustained the injury when Pittsburgh’s Pascal Dupuis slashed him. Dupuis wasn’t penalized for his actions.

With the Bruins scheduled to play against Toronto tonight, they have called up Matt Fraser and Ryan Spooner, reports the Providence Journal’s Mark Divver.

Fraser, 23, was part of the Eriksson-Tyler Seguin trade between Boston and Dallas over the summer. He has 16 goals and 21 points in 23 AHL games. Spooner, 21, has also been a leader for the Providence Bruins with 24 points in 21 contests.


Penguins’ Neal has phone hearing for knee on Bruins’ Marchand

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Penguins’ Neal has phone hearing for knee on Bruins’ Marchand

Pittsburgh Penguins v Boston Bruins

Pittsburgh Penguins’ forward James Neal will have a phone hearing Monday, according to the NHL Department of Player Safety.

Neal was assessed a minor penalty for kneeing in the first period of Saturday’s game against the Boston Bruins. The Penguins’ forward was skating up the ice when he clipped Bruins’ forward Brad Marchand with a knee.

Marchand had been tripped to the ice and was on his stomach when it appeared Neal intentionally hit Marchand with his knee.

“He’s already going down and I guess I need to try to avoid him, but I have to look at it (on replay) again,” Neal told Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I need to be more careful and I guess get my knee out of the way, but I’m not trying to hit him in the head or injure him or anything like that.”

Neal scored seven seconds after his penalty expired, giving the Penguins a 2-1 lead at the time. The Bruins came back with goals one minute and 16 seconds apart to record a 3-2 win.

Zdeno Chara scored the winner with 13 seconds remaining in regulation.

Because Neal’s hearing is over the phone and not in person, any suspension he receives can’t exceed five games.

He does have a history of supplemental discipline. He received a one-game ban in the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs. In 2009, as a member of the Dallas Stars, he was handed a two-game suspension for a hit from behind on Derek Dorsett, as per